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Selecting Your Wedding Photographer

13th June 2012 Our Wedding Memories

The summer is perhaps the most common season in which we choose to get married. Of course, there are many things to consider when planning a wedding, an important one being who is going to photograph it. It might seem like a simple undertaking, but when you think about the fact that this is the person who is going to create the lasting memories of your big day, then it doesn't seem so simple any more. You definitely don't want an unskilled wedding photographer taking shots of the event. What every bride and groom wants is a professional in whom they can trust to create some stunning, classic pictures of the all important day.

Sometimes choosing the wrong photographer means you will never have the photos of your wedding that you had always dreamed about. Of course, there are many horror stories out there. Perhaps the first place to look will be online. A quick search will bring you to the websites of a selection of wedding photographers, and from here you will be able to view a gallery of their work. Firstly, determine what it is you want and the style of photography you are aiming for, then you will be able to tell whether or not a particular photographer can provide this by studying their previous work. Doing this small bit of homework means avoiding disappointment in the long run.

You will also be able to look at the credentials of the photographers you are choosing from, and when you know they have an abundance of experience in shooting weddings you will have the peace of mind that they know what they are doing. You might also want to check for reviews written by previous clients, as this will give you a good idea of what to expect. Even ask the photographer for the phone numbers of references you can call if you want to speak to someone directly.

Before you agree to hire your wedding photographer of choice, you should always consider the price. Ensure that the package and price includes everything you want, such as reprints, enlargements and even photo albums. It is always possible to customise the package to meet your needs if you are looking for something in particular. Also, ensure that it states in the contract that it is the photographer you have spoken with who will picture the wedding and not one of their employees. If it is an employee, you will be dealing with a virtual stranger and have no clue whether or not they are skilled enough to picture your wedding to your satisfaction.

Lastly, ask about the time frame within which you will receive your photos after the wedding is over.  You don't want to be waiting weeks or months to get your pictures back. Most couples will be eager to see the results as soon as possible. You may also be able to ensure that there is a refund or cancellation policy in the contract so that you have the option to change your mind.

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